Cincinnati Reds: 2016 Offseason Report Card

Departures:

HITTING

3B Todd Frazier — An all-star each of the past two seasons, Frazier set career-highs with 35 HR and 89 RBI in 2015. However, after a lost season in Cincinnati and due a large payday following the 2016 season, the Reds had no choice but to salvage some value. The Reds don’t have a player on their roster who can replace Frazier, but Suarez is expected to man the corner in the short-term as the Reds overhaul their roster.

C Brayan Pena — Pena was a pleasant surprise in 2015, filling in for the injured Mesoraco and carrying a .300 AVG as late as June 28 last season. Now 34 years old, Pena did not hit a single home run last season and was a veteran luxury that the rebuilding Reds could not afford to pay. His versatility to play a strong first base could haunt Cincinnati though if Votto is hit with the injury bug again.

2B Skip Schumaker — The perfect fit as a utility player and pinch hitter for a contending team. That’s what prompted Cincinnati to sign him before the 2014 season, but forced into rebuild mode, he was now of little use to the Reds.

INF Kristopher Negron — Negron played at least two games at every position but pitcher and catcher for the Reds in 2015. But the 30-year-old utility player was expendable after sporting just a .140 AVG in 93 ABs last season.

OF Brennan Boesch — Just a few years ago Boesch looked to be in the Tigers’ future outfield plans, but tallied just 89 ABs in 2015, hitting .146 with a 4/30 BB/K ratio. Boesch was organizational depth that the Reds didn’t need.

PITCHING

RP Aroldis Chapman — An All-Star in each of the last four seasons, Chapman has combined to pitch 255 2/3 innings while striking out 456 batters over those four years. Clayton Kershaw pitched 232 2/3 innings last season with a league-leading 301 strikeouts. Chapman is good, arguably the most dominant closer in the game, but with the Reds rebuilding and his contract set to expire after the 2016 season, Cincinnati knew it couldn’t afford to throw top-dollar to a closer and needed to bring in as much future talent as possible.

RP Manny Parra — Parra was a solid middle reliever on a bad team and thus was deemed expendable. Guys like these come and go, especially on bad teams. Nothing to see here.

RP Burke Badenhop — See, Parra. Although as a BGSU grad, it’s tough not to root for Burke!

RP Sean Marshall — A prized incomer via a 2012 trade, Marshall was one of the most dominant setup men from 2010-12. But the Reds received just one good season from Marshall following the trade as injuries plagued his tenure in Cincinnati. Could be an under-the-radar signing for a more competitive team.

RP Sam LeCure — Still haven’t figured out why LeCure only saw 20 innings last season, and none before Aug. 19, especially with the bullpen struggles of the Reds last season. But regardless, he’s another one of those middle relievers, so see, Parra.

P David Holmberg — A former second-round pick out of high school in 2009, Holmberg was seen as a future mid-rotation starter. Early success in the minors had him as a top-10 prospect in the Diamondbacks organization including a ranking as high as 4th by Baseball Prospectus. But with 62 major-league innings combined in each of the past three seasons, his 6.24 ERA and 35/33 BB/K ratio has him as little more than organizational depth.

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